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The 2016 MLB playoffs open with the AL Wild Card Play-in Game. The Baltimore Orioles jet up to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. No reason for us to be frustrated. We knew we were not going to be a part of this party way back in May.

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We got a lot to cover before our one and only one game tonight, so let's just get right to it.

Have some Wild Card Links:

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2016 PLAYOFFS ON DECK

Tonight's game: American League Wild Card Play-in Game

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays - Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Date Time Probable Pitchers TV

Tuesday, 10/4/2016

5:00 PM PDT Chris Tillman (16 - 6, 3.77 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (9 - 10, 4.37 ERA) TBS


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Everywhere In Baseball (non-Trout)

Recapping the season, the main thread is how injuries blew up the season. BBWAA voters are, even now, submitting ballots that blame all that on Mike Trout...........

Also the fault of Mike Trout, C.J. Wilson was paid $20 million to not do a damned thing to help Trout............

Garrett Richards just keeps getting healthier and healthier. Let's not rush 2017............

I know you were all waiting for the official news before believing it could be possible, but Billy Eppler has announced that Mike Scioscia will be back as manager in 2017. Say what you will, but Sosh was far from our most serious problem in 2016.........

I often wonder if Mike Scioscia has a firm grip on the English language. His team finished 21 games out of first place in his Division, there are still huge holes in LF and 2B, and his starting rotation has only 3 quality arms lined up for 2017. The back end of his bullpen has options, but is unsettled. His chief slugger is deteriorating monthly and cannot even handle DH duties for a full season injury-free. And yet, Sosh tells us "I don't think we're that far off." Somewhere out there is an envious Minister of Information..........

Baseball remains a legally protected monopoly, and unless you are an owner, or a star player in The Show, you are screwed. Literally, only an act of Congress can rescue you. Minor league players are learning this, and MLB scouts just learned this, too...........

Baseball reaches into Zambia!..........

Department of Unfortunate Results: The Reds' pitching staff ended up the season with a negative fWAR. the worst results since 1900............The Blue Jays got to the playoffs, as the only team to ever do so with a bullpen that lost more than 30 games..........But the Giants got to the playoffs, as the only team to ever do so with a bullpen that blew 30 saves..........

Oh goody. Bud Selig will be picking his nose in the Hall of Fame all too soon..........

David Ortiz got some lively parting gifts from all the franchises he visited during his farewell glamour tour. But he didn't get a chance to get any gifts from MLB. Thankfully, Rob Manfred has solved that. Hey Papi, not only are we going to ignore the astronomically unusual performance in this, your final season, but we are going to open the door for shadows of doubt and suggest that maybe you didn't juice after all...........

Hey baseball writers! Eric Hosmer drove in 104 runs this year! He must have had a pretty good year, right? Wrong. Oh so very wrong..........

FanGraphs takes their run at AL Gold Glove winners. A lot of Halos make the list. Andreltone Simmons is their runner-up at SS, to Francisco Lindor. But Jered Weaver, Johnny Giavotella and Yunel Escobar also make the list...as Iron Glove candidates............

The sun will come out tomorrow! John Kruk is parting ways with ESPN...........

Manager Merry-go-round:

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The Rockies, White Sox and Diamondbacks have already drawn first blood, as represented by boxes in red. Boxes in orange are my forecast for conjecture. Boxes in blue are showing a replacement in place. The Braves are going to be interviewing Bud Black.

Also, the D'Backs canned that anti-statistical knucklehead Dave Stewart, and the Marlins are not bringing back Barry Bonds as their hitting coach...........

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Let's Do Some Trout Stuff

Jeff Passan takes humanity to task (well, HH excepted of course) for the ongoing degrees of sheer idiocy when it comes to understanding what is happening right in front of them by Michael Nelson Trout..........

Jonah Keri goes all in on Trout, directly and succinctly...........

Mike Trout just did something in front of our very eyes that has only happened twice before in baseball history...........

Dodger manager Dave Roberts is one of those "MVP's should come from playoff contenders" kind of guys. At least, this year. By his own admission he chooses to pick and choose when he wants to believe that. "But for a winning team, there's got to be some weight put on that and what that particular person means to that particular winning team. I kind of fluctuate season to season."

Buster Olney walks through the many faults in the "MVPs should come from playoff contenders" kind of brain silliness...........

Onley taps into one of the main arguments about playoff contenders that I have written about elsewhere. In 2016 Trout played 113 games against playoff contenders, with a slash line of .292/.444/.522 and an OPS of .965. Did those games not count to the Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals, Rangers or Blue Jays?............

If I am reading his column correctly, Bob Nightengale of USA Today just voted Mike Trout 8th. Behind Mookie Betts, Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, Jose Altuve, David Ortiz, Robinson Cano and Zach Britton...........There is no way I can be reading that right. He doesn't even have Britton close to the top of his AL CYA list...........

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